Seder ha-Tephiloth: Tephilath Daniel (Hebrew ).

AUCTION 22 | Tuesday, January 27th, 2004 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts and Works of Graphic Art Including Holy Land Maps, Illustrated Books, Photography and Graphic Art from The Collection of Daniel M. Friedenberg of Greenwich, Conn

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Lot 124

Seder ha-Tephiloth: Tephilath Daniel (Hebrew ).

According to the Sephardic rite of Balkans. With instructions in Judeo-Espanol and text translated into Bulgarian. Prepared by Daniel S. Zion pp. 495, (1). Boards. 8vo

Sofia: Menora, October 1946

Est: $300 - $400
Rare prayer-book published in Bulgaria immediately after World War II under the Soviet-backed Communist (and atheist) regime that displaced the monarchy Daniel S. Zion was a remarkably courageous personality who dared stand up for the rights of the Jews during the dark years of World War II, when Bulgaria was a member of the Axis, and its’ King Boris regularly called to Berchtesgaden for consultation with Der Führer. Rabbi Zion presented King Boris with a “letter from God” that he said came to him in mystical inspiration. This divine warning to the monarch partially contributed to the fact that none of Bulgaria's Jews were ever sent to the death camps. After the war, Rabbi Zion was appointed Chief Rabbi of Bulgaria. For the full story of this enigmatic chapter in Holocaust history, see B. Naor, Kabbalah and the Holocaust (2001) pp. 49-66; and see EJ IV, cols. 1488-1490